This bulletin contains important updates for OH teams on Covid-19, your 2020/21 Network membership renewal, and much more.
Quality occupational health services from the NHS
With occupational health centres across the country, our NHS staff have experience of working with all types of employers from the full range of industries. Our occupational health teams will help keep your staff well and support them to get back to work quickly if they do become ill. We can save your business money, increase productivity and improve the health and wellbeing of your staff.
How we can help
Our local teams will be happy to talk to you about the services they can provide. Examples include:
Our team can work with you to assess and provide impartial and professional advice on any absenteeism and support your employees to get back to work as quickly as possible. Our absence management strategies focus on early interventions and will help your business to:
- Reduce levels of absence
- Cut the cost of absence to your organisation
- Drive up productivity and decrease disruption as a result of employees being absent
- Create greater engagement and motivation of employees as they feel more valued
- Enable employees to return to work sooner
Employees trust NHS staff and are more receptive to being treated by local NHS doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Approximately 70% of all sickness absence is due to psychological ill health or musculoskeletal disorders.
Our NHS teams have access to a team of highly qualified doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and mental health practitioners. We can provide early advice and guide employees to treatment and support so that your employee can return to work quickly. We can also work with partners so your employees have fast access to specialists such as physiotherapists or mental health practitioners.
We can provide a thorough, professional occupational health risk assessment so that you can decide what actions you need to take to prevent occupational illness. Our assessment will:
- Identify any hazards and any employees who may be affected
- Evaluate the risk
- Identify and prioritise appropriate interventions and controls
Health surveillance and prevention
Ongoing checks can prevent health problems occurring and ensure that your employees are safe and able to work in their current or future role.
We can deliver a cost effective health surveillance programme for your business and ensure that we only test those who may be at risk. Employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health may be required to be checked by law.
Examples of the types of health surveillance we can provide include:
- Hearing testing
- Vision testing
- Hand and arm vibration
- Lung function testing
- Driver medical exam (e.g. HGV, counterbalance and others)
- Alcohol/drug testing
Whether you employ healthcare workers, ground keepers, plumbers, security workers or waste handlers or have staff exposed to other risks, we can identify which vaccinations are appropriate and provide you with expert advice and guidance so that you comply with the most up to date legislation.
Having an effective vaccination and recall system gives confidence to workers that are exposed to vaccine preventable diseases that protection is being provided and also provides reassurance for management should you be inspected by HSE or local authority inspectors.
Because we have NHS occupational health providers across the UK we can provide vaccinations wherever your staff are based.
Health promotion and wellbeing
We can support you to create a positive and healthy working environment and promote healthy behaviours amongst your staff. This can include services that:
- Improve mental wellbeing
- Change behaviour – smoking, alcohol and substance misuse
- Increase physical activity
- Promote healthy eating